Project Summary

The rapid aging of the U.S. population is unprecedented but few public health professionals possess the skills to address the health needs of older Americans. To address this need, the Centers for Disease Control developed, “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities & Resources for CDC Professionals,” training.

Project Team

Team Members
Letia Boseman, CDC
Jeffery Hall, CDC
Kristine Day, CDC
Andree Harris, CDC
Jason Lang, CDC
Stacey Mattison, CDC


Project Details

The rapid aging of the U.S. population is unprecedented.  It has far-reaching implications for our nation’s public health system as well as for aging services and long-term care needs.  However, few public health professionals possess the specialized skills and knowledge to effectively address the health and health needs of older Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a course entitled, “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities and Resources for CDC Professionals,” to equip public health colleagues with the necessary skills and knowledge to promote and improve older adult health.

The course prepares participants to address aging-related issues by incorporating an informed and targeted focus on older adults within their work responsibilities and by developing an understanding of ways these issues may impact their work.  The course also addresses a public health imperative which compels health professionals to promote and pursue strategies to enable older adults to live longer, better.

CDC’s “Improving Older Adult Health – Opportunities and Resources for CDC Professionals” can be easily adapted to ensure that other HHS employees are better prepared to meet the needs of America’s growing older adult population.


Background

HHS Innovates is one of the ways we are building an innovative culture at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Innovates is a contest that recognizes and rewards action taken on good ideas. To date, HHS employees have submitted nominations of innovations for nearly 500 exciting new staff-driven innovative projects, and our employees have cast over 60,000 votes to select 42 finalists over seven rounds. This project is one of the finalists of HHS Innovates. Learn more about HHS Innovates.